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COLLECTION Identifier: A/L192

Cookbook of Helen Courthope Forman Lake, undated


Cookbook created by Helen Courthope Forman Lake.


  • Undated

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Originals closed; fragile. Use digital images.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the cookbook created by Helen Courthope Forman Lake as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


1 folder

Collection consists of a cookbook (handwritten in several hands) created by Helen Courthope Forman Lake. Recipes include many different kinds of cake, puddings, savory dishes, and dandelion wine. This collection also includes a handwritten index, and an undated letter written by Lake, sharing her family's Christmas pudding recipe.


Helen Courthope Forman Lake was born in January 1874, to Sydney Mills Forman and Freda Gardiner Forman in Cambourne, England. In November of 1903, Helen Courthope Forman Lake married Kirsopp Lake; they had two children, Gerard Anthony Christian Kirsopp Lake (1904-1972) and Agnes Freda Isabel Kirsopp Lake (1909-1993). The Lakes lived in the Netherlands from 1909 to 1913, while Kirsopp Lake taught early Christian literature at Leiden University. In 1913, the Lakes moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Kirsopp Lake was offered a temporary teaching position at the Episcopal Theological School. In 1914, he was offered a position at the Harvard Divinity School. In 1932, Kirsopp Lake divorced Helen Courthope Forman Lake, in order to marry his former student, Silva Tipple New. After the divorce, Kirsopp Lake resigned from his position as Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the Divinity School, and became a professor of history at Harvard College.

Helen Courthope Forman Lake died on October 22, 1958 in Warren, Connecticut.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2009-M199

The cookbook of Helen Courthope Forman Lake was given to the Schlesinger Library by Anne Lake Prescott in 2009.

Processing Information

Processed: October 2009

By: Anne Engelhart

Updated and additional description added: December 2020

By: Cat Lea Holbrook

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Zetlin Sisters Fund and the Jane Rainie Opel '50 Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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